Trio of Dallas pitchers combine for third no-hitter in the past two days at the Connie Mack World Series
Dallas pitchers Russell Smith, Daniel Martinez and Spencer Hynes combined for the no-hitter. Before Monday, there hadn't been a no-hitter tossed at the Connie Mack World Series since 2009, but there have now been three in the past two days.
Tigers coach Kyle Woods said Smith, Dallas' 6-foot-9-inch left-handed starter, didn't fall behind in too many counts during his four innings pitched.
"He threw a lot of strikes early," Woods said. "He didn't have to use his off-speed stuff until about the third inning. The other team started making adjustments throughout the game and started sitting on his fastball, which made him work harder and start establishing his breaking ball and his change up."
Smith struck out five batters for the Tigers (3-0), while allowing one walk and no hits through four innings of work. He threw only 57 pitches.
Strike Zone (2-1) went with Lawrence Mayberry on the mound, and the Durango, Colo., product was rolling along nicely for Strike Zone in the early going until a David Saldivar throwing error — and a passed ball a few plays later — resulted in Dallas' first run.
The Tigers then put on their hitting shoes in the third inning. Four straight hits, starting with a single off the bat of No. 9 guy Eli Davis and ending with a sacrifice fly by Canaan Smith earned the Tigers three runs in the frame.
The No. 9-2 hitters in Dallas' order put on a bit of an encore performance the very next inning, as hits by Davis, Zach DeLoach and Brayden Webb resulted in two more Tigers runs to increase the team's lead to 6-0.
Woods said Davis has a nice skill set, one he showed off tonight.
"Just a good two-strike approach, just shortening it up and putting the ball in play, and the guy can obviously run," Woods said of Davis. "He's one of the fastest guys on the field. He can beat balls out, and that gets contagious with these guys."
Mayberry exited the game before the seventh inning, finishing with 86 pitches, two strikeouts, nine hits, one walk and five earned runs. Strike Zone coach Adam Morrissey said he loved the way Mayberry threw the ball against a Tigers lineup that has been tearing the cover off the ball.
"He had a great start. A couple things didn't go his way, we made a couple mistakes out there, but he got ground balls all day long," Morrissey said. "That's a good hitting team over there, and you really can't make any kind of mistakes against a lineup like that."
Oklahoma State baseball commit Ryan Vilade highlighted a three-run exclamation point of a seventh inning for Dallas with an RBI triple.
After the game, representatives of the remaining six teams drew their opponents for the fourth round of the Connie Mack World Series out of a hat.
The Tigers drew East Cobb (3-0) to make for a battle of undefeated teams at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Ricketts Park. Strike Zone will play D-BAT Elite 17U (2-1) at 7:30 Wednesday.
Morrissey said his team needs to shake off the loss to Dallas, and he's confident it will.
"It's just baseball, man. You lose today, you wake up tomorrow, you got another chance," Morrissey said. "We'll wake up tomorrow and come ready to win tomorrow night."
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Leading hitters: Eli Davis, 2 for 2, 2 R, BB. Zach DeLoach, 2 for 4, 2 2B, 2 R
WP: Russell Smith
LP: Lawrence Mayberry